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One Kind Thing

By Rachel Linden

Mar 2, 2017

“Do one kind thing each day.” This goal can seem small in light of the vast suffering in the world. It can feel inadequate, almost trite, against a backdrop of so much violence and need. But it’s a goal I try to live by. I think it’s important.

I’m a storyteller and a mom and an expat living in a country that is not her own. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the needs – those I see around me and those that fill the news – and I feel underwhelmed by my own ability to make a difference.

So I sat down and asked myself what I could do each day, concretely, to make the world a better place. There are many people doing far more than I can, and I am so grateful that they are. I wish I were among them. But for now, for this season of life, I committed to doing my act of kindness, believing that in a small way it impacts the world for good, and that many acts of kindness can have a big impact on our world.

Imagine a world where we look for opportunities to be kind, to give grace, to help others. Imagine a world where we received these things from those around us. It’s a beautiful thought, the kind of world I want to live in. I trust that my little act of kindness helps us get a tiny bit closer to that world, day by day.

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